Sex offender fired as Elections Manitoba enumerator, agency says

Elections Manitoba says it has fired one of its enumerators in Winnipeg after it was revealed that he is a sex offender.

Provincial election agency now looking to see if hiring policy changes are needed

A woman recognized an Elections Manitoba enumerator as a sex offender, the provincial agency confirmed on Thursday. The man has since been fired. (Ken Tannenbaum/Shuttershock)

Elections Manitoba says it has fired one of its enumerators in Winnipeg after it was revealed that the man is a sex offender.

The provincial election agency confirmed to CBC News that the enumerator has been terminated effective immediately.

"It came to our attention that a member of the public observed an enumerator which she believed to be a sex offender," Alison Mitchell, Elections Manitoba's manager of communications, said Thursday.

"We investigated immediately and on confirmation the individual has been relieved of his responsibilities."

Mitchell said she is not aware of whether the woman knew the man. He had been working with Elections Manitoba since Feb. 3, she said.

Elections Manitoba could not say if the man worked for the agency in the past.

Elections Manitoba looking at hiring practices

Under the provincial Elections Act, individuals cannot work as enumerators if they were convicted of an indictable offence or served any part of a prison term for an indictable offence within the past five years.

All Elections Manitoba workers are required to sign an oath stating they are legally qualified to be hired and the individual in question did sign the oath, confirmed Mitchell.

"We're not aware of this kind of incident having happened in the past," she said.

"Any individual we employ is required to sign an oath that they are legally qualified to work as an enumerator or elected official. The individual did sign that oath."

Mitchell said Elections Manitoba has not contacted police at this time.

"We are still looking at next steps internally," she said. "Do we need to make changes to our hiring practices? We may or may not, but that is one of the things that we'll be looking at."

Elections Manitoba is currently not required by law to conduct criminal record checks on employees.

With files from the CBC's Chris Glover